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Becoming History by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” ~  Alexis de Tocqueville


East Providence High School Clock Tower

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East Providence High School Clock TowerThe East Providence High School Clock Tower in full view




Have you ever been present for a turning in history? This is symbolic of an event of history that changes the familiar landscape itself.

This clock tower will be coming down. There is a plan to replace this tower that will be an homage to the current tower, but it will not be the same. (Building Committee backs new EPHS clock tower concept | EastBayRI.com - News, Opinion, Things to Do in the East Bay)

History is changing. We are the witnesses.

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Rhody On Watch by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Rhody On WatchRhody the Ram looking over the University of Rhode Island campus.




As spring closes and summer begins to warm, the University of Rhode Island campus quiets. A lone ram, Rhody, looks over the campus with a protective all-seeing glint in his eye. The campus is in good "hands".

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Paper Like Texture And Color by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"Earth laughs in flowers." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Delicate Texture And Color


Delicate Texture And ColorA flower of delicate texture and color




Walking is at the center of most of these encounters. It allows for moments of the expected and unexpected. Late Sunday afternoon at the Botanical Gardens at the University of Rhode Island finds this mix.

Encountering beautiful peonies is a stark moment that stops everyone in their tracks. Delicate and tissue-like petals dance in the light and slight warm breeze. Shadows play and petals smile.

Light And Shadows At Play


Light And Shadows At PlayLight and shadow playing on an open peony




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What Cheer Port Of Providence by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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What Cheer ProvidenceThe Providence skyline as seen from the Port of Providence




"What Cheer Netop?" is a hybrid greeting bringing the English term, "What cheer do you bring?" and "Netop" meaning "neighbor" or "friend" in the Narragansett language. It is a greeting that is part of the history of Providence.

In 1636, Roger Williams left the Massachusetts Bay Colony seeking religious freedom. After crossing the Seekonk River into what would become Providence. As Williams approached the banks of the river in his canoe, "What Cheer Netop" was the greeting from the Narragansetts.

There is something similar that one feels approaching the Port of Provid

A Visit From Carol by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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A Visit From CarolThe Mountain Laurel visits in June




Mountain Laurel carries with it the nickname "Carol". It is significant to our family that it flowers in June. It means that a family member that has passed comes to visit.

The lady who would swim around Great Island in Narragansett. The lady who costumed theater groups. The lady who loved swordfish. The lady who left us too soon. The grandmother our children never knew. My wife's mother. Her name was Carol.

So, we remember and talk. We share memories. Because, pink and bright, we have received A Visit From Carol.

Carol Mountain Laurel


Carol Mountain LaurelThe Mountain Laurel visits in June




Mountain Laurel Cluster


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Rose Opening To The Morning by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Rose Opening To The MorningRose in the soft early morning light




Roses are amazing flowers. They thrive in the rain and strong sunshine. And in the soft light of morning, they open to greet the day.

We have noted that the roses in our Rhode Island neighborhood are abundant this year. Some have speculated that this extreme flowering is due to reduced pollution levels. We tend to agree.

Whatever the reason for our blooms, we enjoy the blooms. And each morning, we look forward to their opening and greeting us.

Rose In Tendrils Of Light


Rose In Tendrils Of LightRose in the soft early morning light




Soft Morning Light


Soft Morning LightRose in the soft early morning light




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Purple Fireworks by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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“Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.”

~Ralph Waldo Emmerson


Purple Fireworks

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Purple FireworksPunches of purple color decorate the landscape




Some wait for a celebration for fireworks to dot the sky with splashes of color. We need not wait if we slow down and look down at the ground. Nature often provides us with its own exciting but quiet splash of color too. We found these "fireworks" at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. 

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Ice Cream Folk Art American Flag by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Ice Cream Folk Art American FlagA folk art or primitive art American Flag representation on the entry wall of a Block Island ice cream shop. The appearance is that leftover or scrap plastering lathing was used in its creation.




There is something about walking around Block Island in pre-summer. Pre-summer is when it's still spring but feels like summer. The air on Block Island still has a kiss of cool thirteen miles offshore.

In the "pre-summer" everything is fresh. The shopkeepers have cleaned their shops. Everyone shakes off the winter slumber. The greetings are robust. We can laugh with strangers who have become fast friends, united in our appreciation of the time.

As we notice that

Coast Guard Station Point Judith by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Coast Guard Station Point JudithClose aboard at the Point Judith Coast Guard Station in the Port of Galilee




Summer on the islands and mainland means Coast Guard Station opening and enhancement. These stations will be part of the radio chatter on boats in the surrounding area. Sometimes, something serious will come across.

"Semper Paratus" is the motto. "Ever Ready" is the meaning. The summer months are especially busy for the Coast Guard. They must be ready to serve ports and recreational and commercial maritime traffic.

We see that Coast Guard Station Point Judith embodies a sense of readiness. Boats faced outward at their docks, ready to go.

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Face To Face With The Fighting Seabee by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Face To Face With The Fighting SeabeeThe Fighting Seabee




The Fighting Seabee has been a symbol seen in Rhode Island since World War II. In early 1942, Frank Iafrate, a clerk at Quonset Naval Air Station (North Kingstown, Rhode Island) was the designer. The creation was for the recently formed Construction Battalion ("C B"). The symbolism is the busy bee that works industriously and yet is capable of protecting his property when confronted by an enemy.

Today, the Naval Construction Battalion and their work is found around the world. This statue is from the Seabee's place of founding at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

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